Great North Museum: Hancock Library

The Great North Museum Library brings together four, previously separate collections that are unrivalled in their uniqueness and academic relevance.


•    Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN)
•    Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (SANT)
•    Newcastle University’s Cowen Archaeology Library
•    The archives of the Natural History Society of Northumbria


Together they form a unique reference collection of books and periodicals containing a wealth of material relating to natural history, local history and archaeology.

An indispensable reference source for the geology of the North East region, the flora and fauna of the British Isles, the Library houses many seminal reference books on an array of subjects, as well as complete sets of research publications from the British Museum, the Ray Society and the Collins New Naturalist series.

The archives of the Natural History Society of Northumbria are an important resource for the study of local history, the history of natural history and the history of art in the North East.

Their records date from its foundation in 1829, and form one of the most complete accounts of the history of a natural history society and its museum collections in existence.